This 12 days Rwenzori Peak tour takes you trekking the Rwenzori Mountains which involves hiking to the highest peak- Margherita which is at an altitude of 5,109m. You will have an added wildlife safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park located just near the Rwenzori ranges in the same days!
Day 1: Set off from Kampala to Kasese
Day 2: Drive to Nyakalengija to Nyabitaba Hut
Day 3: Leave Nyabitaba Hut and head to John Matte hut
Day 4: From John Matte to hut Bujuku hut
Day 5: From Bujuku hut Elena Hut
Day 6: Elena to the Summit Margherita
Day 7: Summit to Kitandara Hut
Day 8: Leave Kitandara Hut to Guy Yeoman, transfer to Nyabitaba
Day 9: Depart from Guy Yeoman Hut to Nyakalengija
Day 10: Queen Elizabeth Safari
Day 11: Game drive and launch cruise
Day 12: Return to Kampala
Pick up from Kampala by our guide, drive via Masaka with a stop in Mbarara town where you will have lunch from. Then continue to Kasese enjoying the magnificent views of the legendary Rwenzori Mountains. Relax and spend the night at Hotel Margherita.
After breakfast drive to Nyakalengija which is located at 1646m, from here you will start a 5 to 6 hours hike on the Mountains of the moon. You will ascend along rocks, also cross the Mubuku, pass through the equatorial vegetation where you will be able to spot blue monkeys, the Rwenzori Turaco among others. Arrive at Nyabitaba Hut have dinner and overnight.
Enjoy breakfast and continue for a 9 hours hike passing through muddy areas with amazing views of the Mubuku River, then through bamboo forest and later reach the steep rocky land which connects to Nyamuleju Hut. Continue with the hike and later reach the John Matte Hut located at 3,414m. Here there are great views of the snow capped Margherita peak, Elena peak and Mount Stanley peak. Dine and sleep at John Matte Hut.
It is approximately 5 – 6hours to ascend the 6km path to Bujuku Hut is found at 3,962m. So from John Matte Hut, you will cross Bujuku River and slope to Bigo Bog with amazing views of peaks. Proceed with the hike passing near Lake Bujuku where the stunning Alpine savannah vegetation starts from. Later arrive at Bujuku Hut; at this point you will be in position to see Mount Speke, Mount Stanley and Mount Baker peaks. Have your dinner and overnight at the hut.
Early morning after breakfast go through the groundsel vegetation on a 4km path. You will ascend to 4,372m at Scot Elliot Pass; this is between Mount Stanley and Baker. Reach Elena Hut at 4,540 m where you will have dinner and spend a night
For those aiming at reaching Margherita peak (5109m), continue to the base of the Stanley Glacier. To reach the summit of Margherita, the climb takes about 5-7 hours depending on the weather conditions and the pace of climbing this mountain. This tough walk takes you over three glaciers, slippery rock, ice and very exposed areas which are open on many sides. Note that this climb is for only physically fit and technical climbers. Climbing on to the glaciers, cross the Stanley Plateau and proceed with the ascent. Acclimatized to fog, altitude sickness and coolly weather, scramble up to the summit of Margherita the highest peak of the Rwenzori.
Prepare for your return through the Scott-Elliot pass, where there are spectacular views back to Bujuku Lake and Mount Speke , up to Mount Stanley and down to the Kitandara Lakes . After the trail that passes you through an alpine zone of sparse vegetation and rough boulders, descend past the Kitandara Lakes for dinner and overnight at the Kitandara.
In the morning, start the 6 hours hike through the Fresh field Pass at 4,282 m as you descend through boggy and rocky regions. There are amazing glaciers of Mounts Baker, Savoy and Stanley. Continue with a muddy path that leads you to Kabamba, Akendahi, and Bujongolo rock shelters. After proceed through the Kabamba valley and then arrive at Guy Yeoman Hut found at 3,261m. Spectacular landscapes of rivers, vegetation and mountains can be view around this hut. Have dinner and sleep at the Hut.
Early morning you will depart from Guy Yeoman hut to Nyakalengija. Enjoy great views of flowers and plants, bamboo forests and Kinchuchu and Mubuku Rivers. Along the way you will see Kabamba wafer falls. Arrive at Nyabitaba Hut in period of 4 hours, from there take other 40 minutes to visit Mahoma Lake, then come back to the hut and descend to the Headquarters of the park in 2 to 3 hours. You will meet your guide waiting for you at the base camp. He will transfer you to Queen Elizabeth and spend a night at Mweya Safari lodge.
After breakfast, set off for an early game drive where you will be able to see Buffaloes, lions, various Antelopes, elephants, warthogs, and various bird species. Head back to the lodge for lunch and in the afternoon go for a boat cruise that takes 2 hours on the Kazinga channel; you will closely see giant crocodiles, very many hippos, buffaloes, elephants and many beautiful birds. Have dinner and sleep at Mweya safari lodge.
Enjoy an early morning a game drive in the Kasenyi sector, you may spot various animals like the elephants, Uganda kobs, leopards among others. Return to the lodge for late breakfast and in the afternoon, you will go for a launch cruise on Kazinga Chanel where you will spot various animals including Hippos and crocodiles, the cruise will also enrich you with various birds along the sand banks. Dinner and overnight at the lodge as above.
After breakfast, begin your journey back to Kampala with a stop at the Equator to take photographs and another in Mbarara or Masaka for lunch. Your driver guide will drop you off at your hotel in Kampala or at the Airport in Entebbe that is if your flight is on that very day!